ACC Football: Every team’s most important newcomers for 2021

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Nov 29, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall stands on the field during warm-ups before the CavaliersÕ game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers head coach Bronco Mendenhall stands on the field during warm-ups before the CavaliersÕ game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

Virginia Cavaliers (5-5)

Amid injuries and COVID-19, the Cavaliers found a way to win five games last season. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers do not lose many players from last season’s team, and it is going to be difficult for young players to see snaps next season.

Virginia, however, did lose some key production in wide receiver Terrell Jana and linebackers Charles Snowden and Zane Zandier. The V-men did sign three transfers, and they should see the field this fall. These three players should see the field this fall.

  • Jelani Woods (transfer), TE: Woods, a transfer from Oklahoma State, was initially recruited to Stillwater as a quarterback but switched positions. Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall raves about Woods this spring. “He is big. And he is fast. And he is physical.” With the departure of Tony Poljan, Virginia’s second-leading receiver, Woods can step in and give Virginia a big-play receiver in the seam.
  • Logan Taylor, OT: Taylor is the highest-rated high school offensive player coming to Charlottesville this fall. At 6-foot-8 and nearly 300 pounds, Taylor looks the part coming on campus. Taylor comes in polished enough to plug-and-play day one. The Virginia native does not get moved back and has great hands in pass protection. In addition, Taylor is strong and physical as a run blocker and is a terror in a phone booth.
  • Anthony Johnson (transfer), CB: The Cavaliers allowed over 300 yards passing last season and gave up the big play a lot last season. Johnson gives Virginia length and versatility in the secondary for the Cavaliers. Johnson can cover in both man and zone and has the size to play some safety.